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College Basketball Betting: Four Best College Basketball Games This Week

We’re into the third week of January, which means that resumes are being formed for March Madness. The invitations to the dance are numbered and the teams that are on the bubble better start winning games now or making alternate plans. On that note, here are the four biggest college basketball games of the week: Michigan State Spartans @ Wisconsin Badgers Tuesday, January 22 Odds...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Trend of Postseason Disappointment Might Be Result of Overreliance on Tom Brady

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots’ planned trip to New Orleans for the Super Bowl came down in a “crash landing,” as Bill Belichick put it, on Sunday night — a reality that seems to have become a trend in New England in recent years. Since winning three Super Bowls in four seasons at the start of the Belichick and Tom Brady era in Foxboro, the Patriots haven’t found quite...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Titus Young’s Adamant He’s ‘Not Selfish,’ But Threatens to Retire If He Doesn’t Get Ball More

Titus Young looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL that is if he decides to continue playing football. Young, 23, caught 33 passes and four touchdowns in 10 games with the Lions this season, but the talented young receiver isn’t happy with the amount of balls he was thrown in 2012 and is even threatening to retire if things don’t change. Young took it to Twitter...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Delmon Young Signs to One-Year, $750k Deal With Philadelphia Phllies

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In just a few months, Delmon Young went from MVP of the American League Championship Series to a guy hoping for an opportunity. Young got that chance Tuesday, signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $750,000 including possible performance bonuses. The 27-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBIs for Detroit last...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Stevan Ridley Showed ‘Fencing Response’ Which Caused Fumble in AFC Championship

If you shuddered a little after watching Stevan Ridley take a brutal hit from Bernard Pollard and immediately lose consciousness on Sunday night, you probably weren’t alone. However, the realities of the injury are much more cringe-worthy than even the image of watching Ridley suddenly go limp. According to Bleacher Report, Ridley immediately exhibited what is known as the “fencing...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Neil Lennon Answers Reporter’s Phone, Asks His Wife to ‘Stop Interrupting Press Conference’ (Video)

The postgame news conference is the professional soccer manager’s realm. He or she is the center of attention there, and anything that steals his or her spotlight is not welcome. Neil Lennon might have re-written that long-standing rule on Saturday. Lennon answered a reporter’s ringing phone during such a news conference. The Celtic FC boss drew laughs with his good-natured...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Mickelson Backtracks on Statements About American Tax Codes

SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson says he should have kept his opinions on taxes to himself. Mickelson had suggested “drastic changes” were in store for him — perhaps moving from his native California — because of changes in federal and state taxes that he says tap into more than 60 percent of his income. He said it “absolutely” was a factor in deciding against becoming part...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo Trade in Place Says Vancouver General Manager

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks are going with goalie Cory Schneider when they host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Schneider started Vancouver’s season opener on Saturday against Anaheim, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots. Roberto Luongo played the rest of that game and then started the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton on Sunday...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Sign Defensive Tackle Armond Armstrong From CFL

The Patriots are getting an early start on 2013 acquisitions. New England signed defensive tackle Armond Armstead from the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Armstead had six sacks and 43 tackles with the Argonauts in 2012. He was also named to the CFL All-Star team as a rookie. The 22-year-old USC product sat out his senior 2011 season with the...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Zak Stone of Northeastern Provides Glimpse Into College Hockey Lifestyle (Video)

Who remembers the MTV show Cribs? In that kind of spirit, NESN handed over a camera to Northeastern Huskies forward Zak Stone — known as the most charismatic guy on the squad — to give us a tour of the Hockey East lifestyle. While the dorm rooms and workouts are certainly no surprise, you’ve got to love the look of the boys wearing their helmets and facemasks while riding in...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jerry Rice Agrees With Tim Brown’s Belief That Bill Callahan Sabotaged Raiders in Super Bowl

It seems that the 2002 Raiders aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye 10 years after they made, and lost, the Super Bowl. On Monday, Tim Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believed Bill Callahan sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII because he didn’t like the Raiders’ organization, and because he was friends with Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Buccaneers, Oakland’s opponent in the...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Researchers Discover Signs of CTE in Brains of Living Ex-NFL Players for First Time

Researchers took a huge step forward Tuesday in discovering the correlation between concussions in football and permanent brain damage. A study at conducted at UCLA discovered the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of five former NFL players, the first time signs of CTE have been detected in living patients. “The findings are preliminary — we only...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Mourinho Setting Stage for Chelsea Return, Maintains Contact With Roman Abramovich, Chelsea Stars

Jose Mourinho has been in regular contact with key figures at Chelsea FC, fueling speculation that he could return to the club this summer.   The current Real Madrid manager serves as an unofficial advisor to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. He also maintains contact with remaining members of Chelsea’s “Old Guard,” according to the Daily Star. “But the news that Abramovich...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson Photobombs Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

This could go down as the greatest photobomb in the history of ruined photos. On Monday, during President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration, Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson was caught behind the commander-in-chief with an odd smile. Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, joins an elite group of people daring enough to photobomb a president...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Officially Announce Mike Napoli Signing, Designate Chris Carpenter for Assignment

Nearly two months later, it’s official. Mike Napoli is a member of the Boston Red Sox. The Sox announced Tuesday that they have signed Napoli to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club has designated right-hander Chris Carpenter for assignment. The announcement comes after a long process in which Napoli and the Red Sox reportedly reopened negotiations following...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Rex Ryan Wrecked His Red Mustang in Three-Car Crash After Running Red Light

Rex Ryan is having an offseason to forget. In his quest to put this year behind him, however, it appears that he failed to follow all the proper rules of the road. The New York Jets’ head coach wrecked his red Mustang in a three-car crash last Monday, according to Deadspin, after running a red light in Bethlehem, Pa. According to Deadspin’s police source, Ryan ran a red light...
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January 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

Vote: Which Red Sox Player Will Have the Biggest Bounce-Back Year in 2013?

While the Red Sox are looking to bounce back after a 2012 season filled with turmoil, several players are also looking to get back to form this year. John Lackey added to the Red Sox’ pitching woes last season without throwing a single pitch. Lackey, in his third season in Boston, missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Many players have pitched well following...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ed Reed Says Tom Brady Texted Him With Apology After Questionable Slide in AFC Championship Game

While the Patriots came in for a hard “crash landing,” in the words of Bill Belichick, in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game loss, Tom Brady‘s slide may be what’s attracting the most attention. Brady took off for a three-yard scamper during the final minute of the first half on Sunday, sliding to avoid a big hit by charging Ravens safety Ed Reed. Brady dropped to the ground...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray Lewis Has Potential to Become First Defensive Player in NFL History to Earn Two Super Bowl MVP Awards

It certainly appears that the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens have been energized by the announcement on the eve of the playoffs from star linebacker Ray Lewis that he will retire at the end of this season. Lewis is a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer and you could make a case that he’s the best middle linebacker in NFL history. The 17-year veteran has been to 12 Pro Bowls, has been...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Sean Payton’s Reinstatement No Coincidence as Roger Goodell, NFL Try to Appease Fans Ahead of Super Bowl

Roger Goodell doesn’t do coincidences. As commissioner of the NFL, Goodell is both a planner and a forward thinker. So, it’s no accident that Sean Payton was reinstated as head coach of the Saints on Tuesday, just days before the city of New Orleans will host the Super Bowl. After enduring a season-long suspension, Payton was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday. But while the move...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James Sings Michael Jackson, Should Stick to His Day Job (Video)

Michael Jordan worked hard to cultivate a regal image in public in the latter half of his career. Kobe Bryant comes across as cold and rude. LeBron James, meanwhile, sings karaoke. The Heat star showed once again that he is not afraid to reveal his lighter side by busting out his dance moves to sing Michael Jackson songs at a recent event. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player sang...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Forward Chris Kreider OK After Taking Huge Hit From Brooks Orpik (Video)

The Rangers got a scare Sunday night when one of their top prospects took a bone-jarring hit, but it sounds like there’s nothing to worry about. Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider skated into the offensive zone with his head down, and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik made the youngster pay in a big way. Orpik delivered a huge hit, planting his shoulder into Kreider’s chest...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Defensive Back Derrick Martin’s Home Robbed During AFC Championship Game

AURORA, Colo. — Two masked men robbed the suburban Denver home of New England Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin while he was with his team at the AFC championship game. Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania told The Denver Post that the robbers forced their way into Martin’s home Sunday night when there was at least one adult and several children there. He says they took...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Alessandro Del Piero, Patrick Dempsey Join Forces, Form Le Mans Series Racing Team

SYDNEY — Former Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has formed his own motor racing team together with American actor Patrick Dempsey. The soccer player said Dempsey/Del Piero Racing has submitted an entry for the Le Mans 24 hour race in June and would run two cars in the American Le Mans Series from March. The U.S.-based team will have three riders in the 24-hour race – Dempsey...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics Can’t Rely on Past Success to Carry Underperforming Team Into Contention (Podcast)

The Celtics have lost three games in a row, and after a stretch in which the team looked like it was finally turning things around, head coach Doc Rivers is just about out of ideas. Rivers admitted after their most recent loss that Boston is playing “awful,” and he even threatened to make some serious changes if things don’t take a turn for the better. “I gotta either find...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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